Thailand: the Unconstitutional Monarchy

The United Kingdom (UK) is considered to be one of the planet’s pre-eminent constitutional monarchies. It’s not without its problems but its longevity & stability are based on the absolute split between the elected persons who make the laws and the head of state, the monarch, who acts as the functionary to sign them onto […]

Public Appeal for Witnesses and Evidence of Human Rights Violations under the Coup Government of Thailand

The following press release from Amsterdam & Partners LLP was distributed to media today. LONDON, Jan. 9, 2015 – Amsterdam & Partners LLP announces a public appeal in Thailand for witnesses to come forward with evidence of human rights violations taking place under the current military coup government. This appeal for evidence relates to a […]

India’s Rare Earths Diplomacy

From an interesting article by Daniel McGroarty on RealClearWorld, it appears that India and China are once again at loggerheads over resources – this time the rare earth metals that India desperately needs as inputs in its growing defence industry. Russia, of course, is only too happy to step in. Some summits begin with a […]

Robert Amsterdam Launches Independent Campaign to Hold Thailand’s Coup Leaders Accountable

The following press release was circulated to media on January 2, 2015. LONDON – Robert Amsterdam of Amsterdam & Partners LLP has announced the formation of a new independent campaign to hold Thai officials accountable in foreign jurisdictions. Among the objectives of the new movement are to bring criminal charges against the coup leadership and […]

Historical Memory in Thailand and Guatemala

Guatemala and Thailand share a fascinating common history of repeated, violent military coups and heavy U.S. involvement as a result of the Cold War, creating a lingering distortion in each nation’s political culture

Thailand’s Inevitable Revolution

It’s time for the United States and Europe to undertake targeted sanctions against leaders of Thailand’s military junta. Failure to do so guarantees a repeat of a familiar cycle.

Expecting More from Thailand

Last time there was a coup in Thailand, Western nations failed to support the democratic will of the Thai people. They shouldn’t make the same mistake twice.

Video: Speech to Red Shirt Rally in Thailand

This weekend I spoke via Skype to a rally of hundreds of thousands of Red Shirt activists in Bangkok, who had come out to show support for the elected government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra against the pending threat of her removal by a judicial coup. The video of the speech is below, with my […]

Thailand: The Plot Against Democracy

The purpose of the document is alert the international community to the grave risks faced by Thai citizens who may be subjected to an unlawful coup and removal of the elected prime minister. There are serious concerns of a repeat – or worse – of the 2010 massacres of protesters if another coup takes place, robbing tens of millions of people of their right to vote.

Bo’s No-Show Trial

The recently concluded trial of former top party official Bo Xilai has offered us a unique glimpse inside the little-understood world of Chinese power politics.